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Amber Shi: Sun-Kissed Blush

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Photo:Amber Shi, Copyright 2017

 

 

Photography and Text by Amber Shi, Copyright 2017

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SUN-KISSED BLUSH

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For my first project, I decided to focus on the theme: sun-kissed blush. The “blush” is not restricted to the use of makeup, it can also refer to the outfit as well. The trend in makeup can be seen as the use of rosary blush around the cheekbone while in clothes, it refers to a floral, rosy style.

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Photo: Amber Shi, Copyright 2017

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Sun-kissed blush is done by painting candy-colored blooms exaggeratedly around the cheekbones or under the eyes. The blush has formed a Tokyo trend in Japan, known as “me no shita chiiku”. Rosy cheekbones started to appear in Tokyo streets last few years and peaked in Japanese beauty magazines last year. Highly-placed blush became the signature look for It Girl and when clothing brands recruit models, they ask models to wear high-cheekbone blush to appear to the young generation.

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Amber Shi: Copyright 2017

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Moreover, the sun-kissed blush look goes well with the “no-makeup makeup” look. Instead of having overly contoured facial features or heavily done smoky eyes, the new trend is for skin to glow with hints of sun-kissed blush. Especially during summer when wearing thick layers of foundation or dark eye liners can give you a hard life hanging out by the beach, a natural look with blush can be the best alternative. The key to create a look for summer or fall is to make your skin breath. A light dab of blush creates a sun-kissed look, bringing out radiance in complexion. Meanwhile, if you look at the models appeared in the most recent NYFW, many high-end brands, like Chanel and Kenzo, chose to create a pink-toned to cheekbones, temples and beneath the brows. The natural look with a bit blush draws audience’s attention to the clothing style while highlights the facial structure of models.

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Photo: Amber Shi, Copyright 2017

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The alternative version of sun-kissed blush in clothes is the floral outfit. The fall catwalks include many eye-popping florals. While black, grey and white dominate most part of the fashion trend, floral trend started to go back when people brought back the ‘French Vintage Girl” look. Tanned skin with a breezy floral wrap dress is a must-have outfit for summer in France. Moreover, with a floral outfit, you can always dress up with a pair of beige weaves or you can dress down with a pair of white sneakers.

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Photo: Amber Shi, Copyright 2017

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Self-Portrait by Amber Shi, Copyright 2017

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About The Author:  Amber Shi is a sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.

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